Listened to some pile ups on 20m this weekend. Some with good DX Operators, some with bad. Some with good DX chasers, and some with bad DX chasers. The whole reason was to learn how the DX stations work pileups… My big takeaways from the weekend:

  • Set up a good rhythm, otherwise, stations will interrupt your QSOs trying to get their call in.
  • If you’re the DX, you’re the boss.
  • If the pile up is big enough, call for certain locations or numbers, etc.  But make sure to give everyone a chance at some point.

73, KE4TA, 9Xsomethingsomething

9X0JW in Rwanda

Just when I thought I might be the only Amateur Radio operator in the whole country… Jim, 9X0JW just got his license from the RURA, he’s getting his gear set up now, and will hopefully be on the air soon.  He’ll be in country until December 2017, so our time there will overlap.

Good luck Jim, and leave some DX for me!

Alan, KE4TA, 9Xsomethingsomething

The Gear

As it stands right now, my amateur radio related gear is as follows.

  • Rig: Yaesu FT-991, max power 100W
  • Astron 20A power supply, which I hope to upgrade soon (suggestions are welcome)
  • MFJ-998 Antenna Tuner (amazing piece of gear)
  • Heil headset with footswitch
  • William Nye straight key
  • Vibroplex Code Warrior Jr iambic key
  • Lots of LMR-400 bury flex coaxial cable
  • 2 x MFJ 1:1 baluns
  • 1 x Unadilla 4:1 balun
  • Current antennas are a 40m/15m dipole, which is also resonant on 6m with the internal tuner.  All bands but 10m are workable using the external tuner.
  • working on a fan dipole for 20m/17m at present, I’ll let everyone know how that turns out.
  • Working on an OCF/Windom dipole for 80/40/20/15/10.  Routing the lines at my current QTH is difficult.
  • I will have an amplifier courtesy of the QRO club before I leave, they’re loaning it to me, for TWO YEARS, FOR FREE!!! (UPDATE: Nope, looks like I’m running 100W the whole time since W1YW can’t return an email)
  • Software will be Ham Radio Deluxe, N1MM logger, FLDigi, and WSJT-X.
  • The official record for QSLs will be whatever I import into Ham Radio Deluxe.  I will upload to QRZ, eQSL.cc, and LoTW.  I would appreciate it if you would upload your contacts to LoTW.
  • My QSL manager will be announced in a separate post.


Alan, KE4TA aka 9Xsomethingsomething